Piecing It All Together: Breakthrough in Materials Science Topic of Discussion

Production of nano- and micro-level materials has often been made possible by what is known as directed assembly, a process in which materials are carefully guided into place to form new structures.

Now, a method of forming those structures through the use of soft materials holds tantalizing potential for the understanding and development of new materials, leading to better control of electric and mechanical properties.

That’s the subject of the next presentation in the Tickle College of Engineering’s Distinguished Lecture Series, “Curvature-Driven Assembly in Soft Matter.”

Kathleen Stebe, the Richer and Elizabeth Goodwin Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania, will give the talk Monday at 4 p.m. in Room 622 of the Min Kao Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Building, 1520 Middle Drive. The event is free and open to all.

Stebe’s research has led to the discovery of new forms of materials development, including surfactants—materials that reduce the surface temperature between compounds—as well as studies involving boundary and surface tensions, structures, and interfaces.

Stebe has been named a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies and the American Physical Society (APS). She has received the Robert S. Pond Excellence in Teaching Award at Johns Hopkins University and the Frenkiel Award from the Division of Fluid Dynamics of the APS.

Those wishing to see the presentation who are unable to attend can watch the live webcast or view an archived version of the event and earlier lectures in the series.

C O N T A C T :

David Goddard (865-974-0683, david.goddard@utk.edu)